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Biweekly, Monday 2 – 4, Week 1
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Join us for a wide-ranging discussion of ‘privacy’, what it was, is now, and where it might go in the future with the advent of even more technology. In 1999 the Chief Executive Officer of Sun Microsystems said, “You have no privacy, get over it.” Was he right then and is he right now? Since 2000 there has been an explosion in the use of electronic devices and social media. What information is being collected? Are ‘smart’ devices, like Alexa, acquiring even more information about our behavior 24/7? Did you know that some Silicon Valley companies have amassed vast wealth by obtaining our behavioral data from our devices and social media? This data is being  sold in the new “behavioral futures market” to enable better predictions about our behavior and greater influence over our future choices –  how we vote, even how we think. Do some organizations have too much privacy? What privacy rights exist in Canada, and elsewhere, and what can we do in these perilous times to protect ourselves?

Participants are asked to select from a list of topics and prepare a 20-minute presentation.


Priscilla Platt is a retired lawyer who practised privacy law for over 30 years in both the public and private sectors. She has written and spoken often on privacy law topics over the course of her career. A member of the Academy for 2 years, she also co-facilitates “Stand-up Comedy for Seniors”.

Sue Wessenger  is an almost retired educator who continues to work as a faculty advisor in the OISE MT program. With a strong science background she is interested in partaking in a variety of Academy offerings and expanding her knowledge base by learning with others.

Workshop Notes:

Privacy in the Technological Age Topics